185 Inspirational Graduation Quotes That Will Motivate You

Here is the best collection of graduation quotes that will motivate you. Saying goodbye to the college halls, the teachers that cheered us on, the friends that laughed with us, and the classes that challenged us, is never easy.

It is time to start a new chapter in life, but it is not the end. All the memories that made up your high school experience will become memories that will make up your life experience. As you move on to the next phase of your life, here are some graduation quotes to help you reach your goals.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. –  Arthur Ashe

We don’t stop going to school when we graduate. – Carol Burnett

God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars. – Elbert Hubbard

All real education is the architecture of the soul. – William Bennett

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. – C.S. Lewis

Success doesn’t rush. The greatest reward is the journey. – Jeff Moore

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. – Napoleon Hill

Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle. – Robert Anthony

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it, If you don’t ask, the answer is always no, If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. – Nora Roberts

I learned law so well, the day I graduated I sued the college, won the case, and got my tuition back. – Fred Allen

Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. – Les Brown

It is virtually impossible to compete in today’s global economy without a college degree. – Bobby Scott

The Best Graduation Quotes

I did get a degree in special education. – Clay Aiken

Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential. – Kerry Washington

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank

Today or never that’s my motto. – Mary Poppins

A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success. – Robert Orben

The best way to predict your future is to create it. – Abraham Lincoln

Do or Do Not. There is no Try. – Yoda

Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree. – Marian Wright Edelman

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Gandhi

The idea of winning a doctor’s degree gradually assumed the aspect of a great moral struggle, and the moral fight possessed immense attraction for me. – Elizabeth Blackwell

If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done. – Thomas Jefferson

The Most Famous Graduation Quotes

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. – Will Rogers

He believed she could so she did. – R.S. Grey

The knowledge of languages was very useful. I have a university degree in foreign languages and literature. – Emma Bonino

It’s absolutely still possible to make a difference. – Michelle Obama

All our dreams can come true… if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears. – Nelson Mandela

This man used to go to school with his dog. Then they were separated. His dog graduated! – Henny Youngman

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt moving forward,

I graduated from the University of Whatever. – Dana Snyder

Keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things…your curiosity will lead you down the path of success. – Walt Disney

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better. – JK Rowling

Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose. – Oprah Winfrey

For good nurture and education implant good constitutions. – Plato

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. – Dr. Seuss

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. – Ella Fitzgerald

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. – Maya Angelou

So in my uncertainty, I went to graduate school and there it all happened. – Ted Nelson

Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it. – Mark Amend

Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. – John Maxwell

A Few Thoughts on Graduation

Graduation day is a time to celebrate our accomplishments, learnings and growth. It is a time that we are ready to face the world with our newly acquired knowledge and skills.

A graduation ceremony is a time of joy, celebration and reflection. It is a time to remember the struggles, the failures, and the victories. It is a time to remember that it is not the destination that matters, but the journey.

With this in mind, we should never forget to be grateful for the people who have encouraged us, given us advice, and helped us on our way, for without them, we would not be the person we are today.

Inspirational Graduation Quotes

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life that you have imagined. – Henry David Thoreau

After graduating in the summer of [Year], I knew I wanted my life to count. – Donna Rice

Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead. – Nora Ephron

Just when a caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly. – Proverb

Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor. – Jackson Browne

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it. – William Arthur Ward

There are far far better things ahead than any we leave behind. – C.S. Lewis

I knew exactly what to do but in a much more real sense I had no idea what to do. – Michael Scott

One half who graduate from college never read another book. – G. M. Trevelyan

It is good to have a journey toward the end, but it is the journey that matters, in the end. – Ernest Hemingway

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. – Albert Schweitzer

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson

Empathy has gotten me so much farther in not only my life, but in my career. – Ryan Reynolds

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not lived at all. – JK Rowling

Fight for what makes you optimistic about the world. Find it, insist on it, dig into it, go after it. – Jennifer Garner

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Short Graduation Quotes

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs

Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions. – Albert Einstein

There are no regrets in life. Just lessons. – Jennifer Aniston

Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning. – Senator Orrin Hatch

Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life. – Frederick W. Robertson

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. – B.B. King

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul. – Joseph Addison

What we learn with pleasure we never forget. – Alfred Mercier

Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors! – Louisa May Alcott

The highest result of education is tolerance. – Helen Keller

Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. – Martin Luther King Jr.

There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs. – Unknown

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind. – Dr. Seuss

Nothing can dim the light that shines from within. – Maya Angelou

When you leave here, don’t forget why you came. – Adlai E. Stevenson

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. – John Dewey

Graduation Quotes About Life

The most rewarding things in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done. – Arnold Palmer

Love the life you live. Live the life you love. – Bob Marley

Get busy living or get busy dying. – Stephen King

The most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and to not give into peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not. – Ellen DeGeneres

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. – Vincent Van Gogh

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe. – Anatole France

The only thing you can do in this life is pursue your passions, celebrate your bloopers and never stop following your fear. – Grace Helbig

Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams. – Patch Adams

In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love. – Mother Teresa

I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve. – Maya Angelou

All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. – Aristotle

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